Beef Science Technology

Three male students stand outside with their instructor who is holding onto a beef cow by a harness.

Beef Science Technology

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 73

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact email:


The beef industry is a tremendous force in the world of food production. Beef is a highly valued food product that supports a highly technical and diversified industry. Northeast Iowa Community College provides the opportunity for students to learn skills that will prepare them to be contributing members of this rapidly changing industry. Career options include: beef procuring specialists, feed and nutrition consultants, cattle ranchers, feedlot managers, positions working with/at veterinary clinics, industry jobs with AI firms, meat processors or beginning producers developing their own beef producing enterprises.

This program includes management training, classroom discussion, practical hands-on beef lab work and an on-the-job internship experience. In addition to beef production classes, students participate in required course work which includes: farm business management, agronomy, disease management, animal reproduction, reproductive techniques, agricultural markets and animal diagnostics. The successful student will gain useful skills in artificial insemination, pasture management, record keeping, farm financial management, decision making, calf care and management, cow care and management, feedlot management, feed and nutrition management, animal selection, genetics and marketing.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGB:330 Farm Business Management 3.0
AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry¹ 2.0
AGS:226 Beef Cattle Science 3.0
AGS:242 Animal Health 3.0
AGS:244 Applied Animal Disease Prevention and Treatment 2.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
AGB:235 Intro to Agriculture Markets 3.0
AGB:333 Applied Farm Financial Management 2.0
AGS:101 Working with Animals 2.0
AGS:251 Beef Production Management 3.0
AGS:331 Animal Reproduction 3.0
AGS:334 Applied Reproductive Techniques 2.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 3
AGS:830 Beef Production Internship 2.0


Term 4
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy² 3.0
AGB:336 Agriculture Selling 3.0
AGB:466 Agricultural Finance 3.0
AGS:252 Fall Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:353 Animal Genetics 3.0
AGS:354 Applied Animal Selection and Improvement 2.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications OR 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0


Term 5
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGS:253 Spring Beef Cattle Science Lab 2.0
AGS:319 Animal Nutrition 3.0
AGS:326 Applied Ration Balancing and Feeding 2.0
AGS:944 Issues Facing Animal Science 1.0
* Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
* Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Psychology Elective:  PSY:112 recommended
Science Elective: BIO:248 recommended

Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking the following at your high school:
¹Animal Science
²Crop Science


Employment Information

With an annual income range of $19,968 - $45,302 and a projected growth of 28.5%, the career outlook for Beef Science Technology graduates is outstanding.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Postsecondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club


Dairy Center, Cow-calf Facilities, Feedlot


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Nate Gebel
Beef Science Technology Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 105